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Concerts & Entertainment

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Main Stage Concerts

Concerts start at 7:30pm


WAR at the Monterey County Fair


Thursday, August 30

WAR from the beginning was a concept & musical laboratory. As Burdon’s back band, it was the vehicle for Goldstein (as producer/songwriter) and Burdon (as lead singer) to experiment with the blending of many musical styles and influences. “At the time, I didn’t envision WAR as a separate entity. It was just a band to back Eric. I kind of thought it would change with his musical moods” says Goldstein. “It turned out to be that constantly evolving device, just without Eric Burdon.”

George Strait Tribute Band at the Monterey County Fair

George Strait Tribute

Friday, August 31

This show is a must see for serious and casual fans alike. Jaws drop as he takes stage even before he sings a single note. There are special moments during the show that you forget you are not seeing “The Real Thing.” The voice, the look, the stage mannerisms and and the band has helped Derek Spence become the top “George Strait Tribute Show” in America.

Journey Revisited at the Monterey County Fair

Journey Revisited

Saturday, September 1

​Established in 2011, Journey Revisited is an ensemble of top-tier professionals with the drive to deliver a faithful musical experience. Journey Revisited is dedicated to bringing the studio recordings of Journey to life on stage.

With 2 lead vocalists, Frank House and Kevin Jachetta bring the classic Steve Perry- Gregg Rolie sound with their authentic re-creation of Journey’s distinctive vocals. Journey Revisited is on point in recreating that classic Journey sound, you won’t find a tighter sounding band around.

Left of Center at the Monterey County Fair

Left of Center

August 30- September 2
Two daily shows

Left of Centre is based in Reno Nevada. They are the official house band at Toby Keith’s (I Love This Bar and Grill in Las Vegas, NV)This band does it all from Brad Paisley to Bob Marley to Metallica with true conviction. They believe there are only two types of music, GOOD and BAD. They have been voted Entertainer of the year, Musicians of the year, Best Album and Best Band in multiple states and have shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar, Clay Walker, Lee Ann Rimes, Maroon 5, Joan Jett, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Jarrod Nienamm, Lee Brice, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Jake Owen,  the list goes on and on.

Samz School of Music

Samz School of Music Youth Band

September 3
Times TBD

Samz School of Rock Youth Band is a group of young talented students from Samz School of Music, a local community based non-profit music school out of Salinas, California. Students in our band program range in ages 10 to 18. You will be impressed with their musical style featuring diverse and modern rock hits as well as classic rock favorites by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, Pat Benatar, Journey, No Doubt, 21 Pilots, and Metallica. Their diverse music genres also include some Blues Rock “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman and Country as well like “Joleen” by Dolly Parton, and classics like “Black Velvet.”

Fiesta Day – September 2nd


Tortilla Soup playing at the Monterey County Fair
Tortilla Soup

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Caravanserai at the Montery County Fair

1:45pm – 3:15pm


3:30pm – 4:30pm

ROCIO Y SU SONORA at the Monterey County Fair
Rocio Y Su Sonora

4:45pm – 6:00pm

Chicano All Stars


Flying U Rodeo

Not your Grandfather’s Rodeo. Get the thrills of the most extreme rodeo events at a Flying U Extreme Rodeo. Featuring fan favorite events such as bull riding & bull fighting with the added flare of new events – bull poker, ring of fire, toro teeter totter and FMX. The contestants are just as wild as the rowdy section of the rodeo crowd and leave fans screaming for more.

August 31 – September 2, 2018
Friday & Saturday at 6 PM (Gates open at 5 PM)
Sunday at 3:00 & 6 PM (Gates open at 2:00 & 5:00)

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